Evolved Publishing at the Iowa City Book Festival

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Evolved Publishing Celebrates Literature at the Iowa City Book Festival

What pops into your head when you hear “Iowa City?” Farms? Corn? Tractors?

How about the only UNESCO City of Literature in the US (and one of only a dozen worldwide)? Or the Iowa Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa, one of the top MFA programs in the country?

To writers, Iowa City is synonymous with reading and a love of good books. It has a rich history of supporting quality writers, from program graduates like Flannery O’Connor and John Irving, to faculty like Kurt Vonnegut and Raymond Carver. And every fall, Iowa City hosts a celebration of quality writing with its Iowa City Book Festival: four days of readings, discussions, lectures, and workshops.

This year, Evolved is proud to announce we’ll have a booth at the festival’s book fair, at the downtown pedestrian mall on Saturday, October 3rd.

Writers E.D. Martin and Timothy C. Ward will be on hand to discuss their books and their writing process, as well as sell print copies of various EP authors’ works. They’ll also have several fun items to give away!

If you’re in the area, please stop by and help EP share our love of quality books!

Australian Author Ciara Ballintyne Joins the Evolved Publishing Team

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NEW AUTHOR: Ciara Ballintyne

 
We are pleased to announce that Ciara Ballintyne has joined the talented team of authors here at Evolved Publishing. Ciara, our third author hailing from Down Under, has previously self-published such works as Confronting the Demon and Stalking the Demon, from her epic/high fantasy series The Seven Circles of Hell.

Ciara brings to us her The Sundered Oath series of epic fantasies, for which we offer a teaser below. The first book in this series is coming in the spring of 2016, so stay tuned by watching Ciara’s page right here at EP, and further announcements from us as the big date approaches.

THE SUNDERED OATH: IN THE COMPANY OF THE DEAD (Book 1)

Lyram already crossed a prince – now he finds himself on the brink of crossing a god.

Son of a duke and third in line for the throne, Lyram is exiled to a lonely castle after striking his prince – but when the castle is besieged, he fears the prince means to remove him more permanently.

Hope arrives in the form of the Left Hand of Death, the woman bound to serve the goddess Ahura in battle. But the priestess has not come for the siege – instead she hunts the castle for a hidden necromancer dedicated to the god of decay.

Within his stone prison, Lyram must fight to save himself from both political machinations and clashing gods. But as the siege lengthens, his greatest threat comes from an unexpected quarter.

Al Galasso, Executive Director of NABE, Endorses Evolved Publishing

AlPortrait“Publishing your book is a very important time for authors. Choosing from the many options available today can be quite a difficult chore. There is a new firm out now that has the author’s best interests in mind. They produce quality books, well edited, with eye-catching covers. It is called Evolved Publishing. They offer a variety of services that authors can use and provide some of the largest royalties in the business. Before you decide on a publishing house to work with you on your new book, give Evolved Publishing a call and get some valuable information from their website at http://www.evolvedpub.com. You will be glad you did.” ~ Al Galasso, September 19, 2015
 

Al Galasso Endorses Evolved Publishing

 
It’s always pleasing for us when someone outside our organization recognizes the quality of our work, and even more so when they are willing to tell the world about it. Such is the case for Al Galasso, Executive Director of NABE (National Association of Book Entrepreneurs), www.BookMarketingProfits.com. As Director at NABE for over 33 years, Al is a respected industry pro. That makes his words above all the more pleasing to us.

Al’s organization contributes to the industry in a number of ways, including through the highly regarded Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards. We’ve been blessed to win the PBAA on 6 occasions to date:
1) Fall 2013: Fantasy — The Silver Sphere by Michael Dadich
2) Summer 2014: Fiction — Hannah’s Voice by Robb Grindstaff
3) Summer 2014: Thriller — Forgive Me, Alex by Lane Diamond
4) Fall 2014: Fantasy — The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky by David Litwack
5) Fall 2014: Thriller — Shatter Point by Jeff Altabef
6) Summer 2015: Science Fiction — The Children of Darkness by David Litwack

Those multiple awards are, frankly, the reason Al has been kind enough to endorse Evolved Publishing. The Pinnacle Book Achievement Award is offered seasonally, and each category typically carries only one or two winners — they’re not so easy to win. Thus, we are quite proud of the 6 project teams who helped bring the above books to market.

We hope those 6 won’t be the last Evolved Publishing books to be called Pinnacle Book Achievement Award Winners, but whatever happens in the future, we will be forever grateful to Al Galasso for taking a few moments to offer his endorsement of our efforts.

Author Timothy C. Ward Joins the Evolved Publishing Team

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NEW AUTHOR: Timothy C. Ward

 
We are pleased to announce that Timothy C. Ward has joined the talented team of authors here at Evolved Publishing. Tim has previously published such works as Scavenger: Evolution, a piece inspired by Hugh Howey’s world of Sand (written and sold with Hugh’s permission), and several short stories in various formats and anthologies.

Tim brings to us his Godsknife series of magical thrillers, for which we offer a teaser below. The first book in this series is coming in the spring of 2016, so stay tuned by watching Tim’s page right here at EP, and further announcements from us as the big date approaches.

GODSKNIFE:

Earth’s magic has been buried for thousands of years. An Order priestess in search of godhood is eager to show the world that power was never buried, nor ever could be.

Caroline wants out of small town Iowa. She visits Iowa State University and meets an Order mage recruiting for his priestess. She has no idea it’s the eve of the Apocalypse, nor that her parents left behind a book of magic she’ll need to survive the chaos to come. Once it does, those in power will set their sights on she who poses the greatest threat.

Anthon likes Caroline, but doesn’t know if she’s ready to join Order. Not many are, and if he hadn’t been abandoned at eight years old to survive initiation into Chaos, then rescued by an Order priest, Anthon would have been just fine living a normal life. But he doesn’t have that luxury. His oldest friend, Shila, is now the priestess of their circle, an army of Order mages hidden in a mountain, invisible to the surface world of Iowa. Shila is pleased with his contributions to Order, but challenges him to take the next step. She is on the verge of releasing a power great enough to warrant godhood, and she wants to know if he’s willing to kill again.

John is a Chaos doctor struggling with alcoholism and a fed up fiancé. Instead of meeting her to give his final plea, he wakes up hung over to cicadas breaking through his living room window. Neighbors scream as swarms knock people down, inject their virus, and lift off for the next victim. His assistant, Caroline, shows up at his office with a blackened section of skin, like those he was unable to save. He uses Chaos magic to remove the infection, but a late night of drinking and studying the virus ends in a fall, the loss of a possible cure, and a window for Caroline to wander into the Abyss without his protection.

Liz, pissed at John’s drunk ass, skipped her chance at telling him off. Now she’s driving on the freeway, packed for a new life and stewing over wasted time. A rift opens in the sky and dumps out an onslaught from giant praying mantises. Their talons shred through cars, sever heads, and deliver bodies to a predatory vine infesting the countryside. Liz flees on foot and finds a sigil matching the stones in her engagement ring. Touching its marks accesses Chaos magic, but she soon realizes its power is never worth the required debt in blood.

These are just some of the personal stories playing out in Godsknife, where the world that was may never been seen again.

Pinnacle Book Achievement Award – The Children of Darkness

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WINNER: Pinnacle Book Achievement Award — The Children of Darkness by David Litwack

We are so pleased to announce that the first book in the dystopian science fiction series The Seekers, by author David Litwack, has been awarded the prestigious Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Summer of 2015 — Category: Science Fiction.

With this great news about The Children of Darkness, we hope you will discover for yourself just how wonderful this series really is. (For more information about this book, including retail links, please click HERE.)

Whether you’re a fan of dystopian sci-fi, or speculative fiction, or literary fiction, or fiction that explores the intricacies of religion, society, and the future, we’re certain you’re going to love this book, and the entire series as it becomes available.

While the author certainly deserves the lion’s share of the credit, we would like to congratulate the entire team who helped bring this wonderful book to life:
David Litwack – Author
John Anthony Allen – Editor
Lane Diamond – Senior Editor
Mallory Rock – Cover Artist and Interior Designer

It seems David Litwack is making this something of a habit, as his previous book, The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky, also won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award (Fall 2014 – Category: Fantasy).

Congratulations, David. We can’t wait for the next installment!

The Stuff of StarsSpeaking of which, be sure to stay tuned for more news on the release of Book 2 in The Seekers series, The Stuff of Stars, which is coming November 30, 2015.